Youth Sports (March 18)


• Rochester Youth Baseball Association is still accepting registrations for our 2008 season. Be sure to register by mail before March 31 to ensure placement on a team. Be sure to visit our web site ( for additional registration information along with our annual newsletter.

— RYBA needs sponsors for the upcoming 2008 season. Please contact Mike Young at 282-9065 or if you are interested. Cost is $200 per team.


• Minnesota Hockey Inc. crowns youth hockey state champions: The 2007-08 youth hockey season in Minnesota came to a close Sunday with state championship honors bestowed upon teams in 12 age divisions. The tournaments capped a six-month long season for over 45,000 youth hockey players from over 3,500 teams registered with Minnesota Hockey, the statewide governing body for amateur youth hockey.


At the Junior Gold A tournament being played at the IRA Civic Center in Grand Rapids, Bloomington Jefferson was crowned state champion with a 5 -0 victory over Centennial. Edina outscored White Bear Lake 6 to 4 for third place honors.

The Junior Gold B division at Tartan Arena saw Lakeville beat Roseville by a score of 5 to 3. Third place honors went to Edina who defeated Woodbury White 3 to 0.

In the Youth 16 & Under division at Coon Rapids, Edina edged Centennial 2-1. Third place saw Burnsville squeak by Champlin Park 2 to 1 on overtime.

At Braemar Arena, Eden Prairie edged Centennial 2 to 0 to capture the coveted Bantam A state championship.  Wayzata took third place honors with a 2 to 1 win over host Edina.

The Bantam B championship in New Ulm saw Blake sneak by Wayzata Blue 2 to 1 in OT. Minnetonka earned the third place title by defeating Richfield 8 to 0.

In Willmar, Edina bettered Grand Rapids 5 - 2 for the state Pee Wee A crown. Wayzata beat Eden Prairie 5 to 4 in overtime for third place among teams registered at the Pee Wee A level.

The Pee Wee B title in New Ulm went to Edina Green with a 3 to 2  OT edging of association rival Edina White. Third place was captured by Wayzata Blue with a 7 to 4 victory over Blaine.

In the girls 19 & Under B state tournament played in Maple Grove, Edina defended their championship with a 2 to 1 win over Eden Prairie. Cottage Grove topped Osseo/Maple Grove 7 to 2 for third place.


In the girl’s 14 & Under A tournament played at the Moorhead Youth Arena, North St. Paul/Tartan/Roseville skated away with a 2 to 1 victory over Centennial Red.  Third place went to Warroad with a 2 to 1 squeaker over Roseau.

Edina Green outscored Mahtomedi/Mounds View 3 to 1 at Highland in St. Paul to claim supremacy of the girl’s 14 & Under B division. In the third-place game, Edina White topped White Bear Lake 3 to 1. In the championship game played in Duluth in the girl’s 12 & Under A division, Shakopee defeated Minnetonka 6 to 5 in OT. Lakeville out-dueled Roseau 4-0 to claim third place honors in the division.

The girls 12 & Under B division in Richfield saw Lakeville Black outlast Mahtomedi with a 3-1 victory.  Third place was won by Chisago Lakes, 5 to 3 over Minnetonka.

Complete state tournament brackets can be viewed by going to Minnesota Hockey’s web site at


• The Med-City Aquatics swim club finished the Age Group State Championships senior meet in 3rd place for AA, and, in the combined meet (Age Group State + Senior State); the team finished second at the Age Group State Championships. Erin Caflisch and Brian Kiel scored state championships in their final races of the meet.

Relay highlights:

• The 13-14 Girls 400 Medley Relay squad (Mercedes Erpelding, Ahna Buntrock, Milly Sauber, Alex Miller) took 13th place. On the leadoff, Mercedes set a new personal best for her 100 Back. • The 15-16 Girls 400 Medley Relay (Joey Heidorn, Erin Caflisch, Gretchen Heidorn, Risa Ricard) also placed 13th with Joey leading off in a new morning best 100 Back. • The 15-16 Boys 400 Medley Relay (Norbert Ordog, Brian Kiel, Jim Aksamit, Zach Einck) earned a 7th place finish. • The Senior Men’s 400 Medley Relay (Dan Lee, Alex Kiel, Matt Chida, Alex Plaetzer) broke the Med City Team Record set 3 years ago.


Individual highlights:

• Jim Aksamit swam his first ever 200 Back and earned a second swim at night with a 10th place in prelims. In Consolation Finals, he improved on his time and held on to his 10th place seed. • Ahna Buntrock scored a 16th place finish in the 200 Backstroke. • Erin Caflisch earned the #1 qualifier spot for the 100 IM, slicing 8 tenths off her best. In the 200 Back, she qualifyied for 6th place in the Finals. In Finals, she demolished her best time, nearly grabbing a new Speedo Sectional cut. She also recorded her best morning 100 Free to qualify in 4th for Finals. In those Finals, she recorded her fastest time ever at a Minnesota State Champs meet despite having swum her monster 200 Back a mere 20 minutes earlier.  Erin claimed fourth in the race behind 3 other girls who were completely fresh, having not done a race earlier in the evening.  Erin’s efforts on the weekend earned her 3rd place in the High Point Competition for 15-16 Girls.

• Matt Chida broke through the 2:00 barrier in his 200 Fly to qualify second for finals. His time was a new Team Record (17-18 Boys and Senior). In Finals, he dropped that record down a little further and took 3rd place.  He also grabbed a new personal best (and new Speedo Sectional time) in the 100 Free and an 11th place prelim showing to get another shot at night. He held his 11th place showing in Finals with his second fastest time ever. Shortly after his 200 Fly effort, Matt was back on the block to qualify in 4th for the 100 IM with another 17-18 Boys Team Record. At night, he placed a strong 6th place, as the college men who had cruised through prelims stepped up. Matt would have been third without the college swimmers.

• Nick Hamblin slipped under his previous best in the 100 Free. • Gretchen Heidorn swam a lifetime best in the 100 Free. • Joey Heidorn swam her fastest morning 100 Freestyle by nearly a second. • Alex Kiel made it back to the Consolation Finals of the 100 IM.  At night, he dug deep to move up to 12th place.

• Brian Kiel eased through the prelims of the 200 Back with the number 2 swim of the morning. In Finals he also finished second with his second best time ever.  In the 100 IM, he destroyed the Team Record (15-16 Boys & Senior). That effort earned him the top spot for Finals, a position he easily defended at night, crushing the field with another best time and a third State Championship.  Brian also won the High Point Award for the 15-16 Boys Division.

• Dan Lee made it back to Consolation Finals in the 200 Back with a 10th place showing. In Consolation Finals, he dropped about a second off his morning swim. He also earned a second swim in the 200 Fly in the 16th spot, which proved to be his final placing also. • Logan Manlove busted through the 52 second barrier for the first time in his 100 Freestyle, improving on his high school sectional performance. • Alex Miller sliced nearly 3 seconds off her best 100 IM time in prelims and then went even faster in Consolation Finals to take 15th. • Kristi Taraba swam her fastest morning time in the 100 Freestyle.

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